Shambhala - 48 x 60 - oil on canvas

Shambhala is named after a book by Buddhist, Chogyam Trungpa, in which he compares a person sitting in meditation to a mountain with clairvoyant, snowy peak, strong, sheltering shoulders and rich, watery depths.  As I created the landscape in the painting I didn't use any reference materials, and often felt I was finding its features in my own body.  The painting became a journey in which my senses and the image were brought to such a pitch that reality itself seemed ready to split open, a sensation I'd experienced often in Nature in the past.  This moment of transcendence is the real subject of the painting and points toward a new direction in my work in which greater attention is fixed on the features of this world with only limited but even more striking glimpses or visions of what lies beyond.